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Residents of Billings concerned about explosions and flashing lights



Billings, Montana – On Sunday night, Billings residents were curious and concerned when they noticed lights in the sky over their city flashing repeatedly.

Only a few days had passed since a loud explosion occurred in the Billings Heights neighborhood on Governors Boulevard, close to Rebekah Wong’s residence.

According to Wong, the episode was shocking for her family.

“It was certainly a jarring experience,” Wong said. “We heard a very loud bang, saw a flash of light, and the house actually shook.”

Wong claimed that the encounter occurred late on Friday night and that she instantly thought the worst.

“At first, I was worried that it could’ve been a gun, which is very scary,” Wong said. “We have two small children and want to protect them.”

Others felt that boom as well. Kelly Brady and her husband were startled by the explosion as well; they were only a few blocks away.

“I didn’t see the flash, but we felt a large boom,” Brady said. “Almost like an earthquake or something.”

Brady mentioned that they had been residents of Billings for a long time and that it was unfortunate that something similar occurred so near to their home without much information being provided.

“It was disheartening, to say the least,” Brady said. “You don’t expect to have that here. We were asking for answers and we haven’t heard much. Nobody seems to have an answer.”

Then on Sunday, a lot of Billings locals saw the flashing lights that had emerged in the sky over the city. NorthWestern Energy is not aware of any transformer explosions, and Billings police said they have not had any reports of explosive devices going off.

Melissa Harrell, a resident of Billings, stated that it has been ongoing for a while, which is why many people find it to be somewhat of a mystery. A few weeks ago, she recorded a loud crashing sound that kept happening early in the morning on her security camera.

“I thought it was a gunshot right at my house,” Harrell said. “I expected to hear sirens or something, but nothing happened.”

Harrell added the occurrence to the list of unexplained sights and sounds, but never heard anything more about it.

“I kind of want to know what’s going on,” Harrell said. “I don’t think we’re going to find out, but it’d be nice to have some answers.”

Wong concurred and added that she is concerned about how to keep her kids safe in light of the events.

“It’s just scary, especially the unknown,” Wong said. “Not knowing what I’m trying to protect them from, that’s probably the most disturbing part.”


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